Marble countertops have given a feeling of warmth, luxury and sophistication to kitchens and eating nooks across the country for years, in part their popularity is due to the stones abundance of color variations from cream, black, pink, green and white and everything in between. Despite its beauty, marble has one minor drawback and that is its susceptibility to water staining. According to the knowledgeable experts at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry, a regular professional marble cleaning, honing and sealing will clean and preserve the appearance and beauty of your marble for years of quality service.
What Causes Hard Water Stains on Marble?
Water stains and spots are best described as water deposits which have built up on the surface of your marble countertops. Water contains mineral deposits including magnesium and calcium and is more commonly referred to as hard water. If the water is allowed to evaporate and dry, a sticky residue will be left behind which allows more mineral deposits to stick to the surface every time it gets wet. Over a period of time the mineral build up can become severe. Worse still, is when hard water builds up around the sink near the dish soap where soap scum can begin to form. Hard water stains can be recognized by their characteristic dull appearance on the surface of the marble although they are often mistaken for marble etching and vise versa.
Difference Between a Water Stain & Marble Etch Mark?
It can be difficult to identify the difference between water marks and marble etch mark and it is not uncommon for homeowners to misidentify them. An etch mark is caused when the surface of the marble comes in contact with a liquid or other substance that is acidic in nature. The resulting chemical reaction can begin to dissolve the surface of the marble. Unfortunately, etch marks appear as lighter colored spots or rings and look very much like water marks. According to the knowledgeable experts at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry, water deposits and etch marks require two distinctly different treatment and removal processes.
Natural Stone Care & Maintenance
When it comes to keeping your marble countertops in tip-top condition and looking just like new, prevention is the key to your success.
• Place a trivet under pots and pans to protect marble from high temperatures
• Use coasters for glasses and stemware to prevent condensation spills
• Use cutting boards to slice food
• Wipe up spills immediately with a clean cloth
• Wipe up acidic orange juice spills immediately to avoid etching
• Never use vinegar to wipe down countertops
• Wipe marble countertops with a clean soft cloth
• Professionally clean and seal your marble and other stone surfaces for optimal performance.
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Marble is a rich and luxurious surface that is designed to last a lifetime with professional care and cleaning. To learn more about natural stone cleaning, honing & sealing, contact the knowledgeable experts at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry today.